Tempranillo is Spain’s great red grape. It is best known for the stellar red wines of the high-altitude regions of Rioja and Ribera del Duero, but it is widely planted and grown in diverse climates, and made into a wide range of styles.
As we have made our home in what is almost certainly one of Australia’s most complex and diverse regions, we have observed considerable, fascinating differences between the fruit of the vineyards with which we work. And as we have now accumulated almost a decade of experience with this fruit, we are confident that these differences are consistent, and a true expression of what these individual vineyards have to offer.
- SA - Adelaide / Adelaide Hills
- South Australia
Similar colour to the varietal; fuller, slightly riper, fruit with good focus and expression, the tannins more grainy. No question the best of the La Linea ’10 Tempranillos. Rating 94 - Drink by 2015 - James Halliday, Australian Wine Companion (FEB/2011)
Winery Tasting Notes
Over our brief history we have consistently observed that the wine from the warmer, northern site exhibits specific qualities that justify bottling some on its own. These are slightly darker colour, bigger and more assertive tannins, a ‘darker’ fruit character, and arguably greater ageing potential.
We have called this barrel-selection wine Norteño, Spanish for ‘Northern’, reflecting its origins. Like the ’09, it received more time in bottle prior to release, and we believe will reward cellaring for longer, too. It should look terrific for at least 5-8 years.